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Gunter Van de Velde
Pronouns: he/him

Gunter Van de Velde serves as the Product Line Manager at Nokia's IP Department, specializing in routing technologies. His professional journey began in the realm of professional services, where he delved into modems and TDMs at a value-added reseller. Progressing through notable companies such as Cisco and Huawei, he transitioned from professional services to become a senior technical leader in protocol and network architectural design.

Since 2015, Gunter has been an integral part of Nokia, overseeing the global product line for routing technologies. In this role, he is responsible for shaping Nokia's routing roadmap and portfolio, encompassing software functional specifications and routing architectural design. Gunter boasts an extensive background in IPv6 technology, notably contributing to the architecture team of the government-sponsored 6NET project—an acclaimed international native IPv6 backbone connecting NRENs.

Beyond his managerial duties, Gunter has chaired OPSEC, DCROUTING, and LSVR, while also serving as a longstanding secretary of the Operational Directorate (opsdir). His industry contributions extend to co-authoring several RFCs and patents.

Outside the professional sphere, Gunter's interests revolve around travel, particularly in Asia, appreciating fine cuisine, and indulging in literary pursuits. He calls Antwerp, Belgium, his home base.


Role Group Email
Area Director Routing Area Directorate (rtgdir)
Area Director Routing Area (rtg)
Area Director Internet Engineering Steering Group (iesg)
Area Director Babel routing protocol (babel)
Area Director BGP Enabled ServiceS (bess)
Area Director Bit Indexed Explicit Replication (bier)
Area Director Link State Routing (lsr)
Area Director Network Virtualization Overlays (nvo3)
Area Director Pseudowire And LDP-enabled Services (pals)
Area Director Protocols for IP Multicast (pim)
Area Director Time-Variant Routing (tvr)
Area Director Routing Area Open Meeting (rtgarea)
Chair Routing Area Open Meeting (rtgarea)
Liaison Contact Operational Security Capabilities for IP Network Infrastructure (opsec)

RFCs (8)

RFC Date Title Cited by
RFC 4864 May 2007 Local Network Protection for IPv6 17 RFCs
RFC 5180 May 2008 IPv6 Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices 10 RFCs
RFC 5375 Dec 2008 IPv6 Unicast Address Assignment Considerations 5 RFCs
RFC 6105 Feb 2011 IPv6 Router Advertisement Guard 19 RFCs
RFC 6676 Aug 2012 Multicast Addresses for Documentation 1 RFC
RFC 7610 Aug 2015 DHCPv6-Shield: Protecting against Rogue DHCPv6 Servers 9 RFCs
RFC 8273 Dec 2017 Unique IPv6 Prefix per Host 4 RFCs
RFC 9012 Apr 2021 The BGP Tunnel Encapsulation Attribute 10 RFCs

Active Internet-Drafts (4)

Expired Internet-Drafts (29)

(Excluding replaced Internet-Drafts.)

Internet-Draft Activity